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European Journal

Switzerland: The Matterhorn

Was der Eifelturm für Paris, das ist das Matterhorn für den Schweizer Skiort Zermatt. Eine Touristenattraktion, die die Nachbargemeinde Saas Fee auch gerne hätte.

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As one of the highest peaks in the Alps, the Matterhorn is one of Switzerland's national symbols. It also serves as a dramatic backdrop and a tourist magnet for the town of Zermatt. But the neighboring town of Saas Fee says the Matterhorn is a source of problems: the iconic mountain is blocked from view in Saas Fee, and the town says it sees fewer tourists and less revenue as a result. Officials there have proposed blasting through the view-blocking rock, and now they're discussing a complicated cable car project. But Zermatt has swatted down every last plan.